Knowledge Programme


Apply knowledge to qualify citizens through the development of lifelong personal, intercultural and social skills;

Approach, through recourse to knowledge, complex problems of social value;

Through knowledge, stimulate the emergence of talent and develop leadership capacities as a response to economic and social changes;

Produce new knowledge on future related questions currently still under debate.



Associate reflexive actions with innovative practices as a means of stimulating creative solutions designed to respond to the complex problems that societies face either now or into the future.


Targets / Beneficiaries

Citizens of all age groups and society in general terms.

In the Knowledge Academies and Workshops, actions concentrate on citizens who, in boosting their skills and capacities, then indirectly benefit the broader community.

In the Knowledge Challenges and Knowledge Laboratory, the interventions approach the complex issues prevailing in society with their resolution then indirectly benefitting citizens in general.


Action strategy

The Programme is to implement a strategy aligned with two formulations: “Qualifying for the Future and investing in the people who can make the change” and “Applying knowledge to problems of great social relevance and public interest”.

In recent decades, the Gulbenkian Foundation has engaged in important interventions across the fields of education, science, healthcare and other social areas. In keeping with this legacy, this Programme strives to provide responses to transversal problems within these same fields.

This is structured around four axes, – the Academy, the Workshop, the Challenges and the Laboratory – that, with mutual ongoing contacts and relationships, seek to approach knowledge across different perspectives and with distinctive logics of intervention for their dealings with citizens and broader society.